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Tio Pepe and Tapas at Iberica, Great Portland Street, London

Tio Pepe and Tapas at Iberica, Great Portland Street, London

A little odd perhaps to open a report, especially on a wine blog, of a dessert but this rice pudding was, to coin a phrase, historic.Read More

Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

As part of their tie-up with Jamie Oliver internet retailer Naked Wines are offering a mixed case of wines (either six individual bottles or a doubleRead More

The Wine Society – Brief Notes from a Tasting

The Wine Society – Brief Notes from a Tasting

As Heather said as she strolled off to John Lewis to return a broken-handled colander; its all very middle class. With the rows of red BurgundyRead More

‘A Meal Without Wine Is Like A Day Without Sunshine’

‘A Meal Without Wine Is Like A Day Without Sunshine’

‘A Meal Without Wine Is Like A Day Without Sunshine’ – a phrase first written by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a 19th Century French gastronome who alsoRead More

Andrew Barrow
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Wines of Virtue – Environmentally Friendly Vino

Wines of Virtue – Environmentally Friendly Vino

Does it really matter that a wine is bottled at the vineyard? Would it not be a huge environmental statement by the wine industry if allRead More

Wine Maestro on the Plinth

Wine Maestro on the Plinth

Brett Jones, perhaps more famously known as the Wine Maestro, is one of the 2,400 people selected from more than 30,000 applicants to appear as partRead More

Andrew Barrow
9 Sep
When Wine Tastes Best: A Biodynamic Calendar for Wine Drinkers

When Wine Tastes Best: A Biodynamic Calendar for Wine Drinkers

There are a huge number of wine producers following biodynamic principles; some proudly proclaim the fact on the label while others (such as South Africa’s Boekenhoutskloof)Read More

Andrew Barrow
5 Sep
Wines at Bedales Wine Bar, Borough Market

Wines at Bedales Wine Bar, Borough Market

Not entirely convinced that the first two wines offered were really the showcasing ‘wow’ bottles that Bedales should have opened. A crisp Vernaccia was perfectly chilledRead More

Andrew Barrow
2 Sep
What the Frack is Zibibbo?

What the Frack is Zibibbo?

I must admit to reaching for the reference books for Zibibbo. It’s from Sicily – that much I knew ‘casue its on the label – butRead More

Caldas White Port

Caldas White Port

The instructions were specific – one third port, two thirds tonic or soda (I went the tonic route), served with plenty of ice and topped withRead More

Andrew Barrow
19 Aug

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